ES Movement Teacher Training (ESMTT)

Learn to teach ES movements to groups


ES Movement Teacher Training (ESMTT)

Learn to teach ES movements to groups


The Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher Training (ESMTT) is a 200-hour certification in Somatic Movement that is based on the principles, movements, and concepts developed by Thomas Hanna and other somatic pioneers. This training is intended for individuals who are driven and passionate about supporting others through embodied coaching of Essential Somatics (ES) movements in order to take back control of their bodies, and movement, and to move pain-free.

Why become an ES Movement Teacher?

This training will equip you with the skills to teach others. It will also invite you to dive deeper into understanding yourself by inviting you to slow down and pay attention. Challenge yourself and discover a realm of new and unexplored possibilities.

After successfully completing this training, you will be recognized as an “Essential Somatics Movement Teacher” and you will be certified to teach Essential Somatics Movement to individuals or groups. You will be part of a growing international community. 

This course is the prerequisite to the CSE training, where you learn how to provide individual clinical sessions using specific hands-on techniques.

What will I learn?

Module 1

  • ^Concepts and principles of Somatic Education and ES Movement
  • ^The basic somatic movement patterns that resolve SMA, reduce functional muscular pain, and improve overall control and brain to muscle connection of full body movement.
  • ^Basic neurophysiology and anatomy as it pertains to the three stress reflexes (as defined by Thomas Hanna)
  • ^Assessment of the three stress reflexes as it pertains to the teaching of ES Movements.
  • ^Safe teaching practices
  • ^Effective language cues to guide clients/students
  • ^How to create a basic Somatic Movement class

Module 2

  • ^Advanced Somatic Movement sequences that target specific muscle pain conditions and functional disorders.
  • ^Seated Somatic Movements
  • ^How to create an effective advanced Somatic Movement class
  • ^Sequencing Somatic Movements for optimum functionality
  • ^How to adapt/modify movements to address various limitations or conditions
  • ^Honing teaching skills through group practice teaching with peer and instructor feedback
  • ^Marketing your Somatic Movement business

What does the course include?

  • ^30 group sessions (2-3 hours each) including group practice
  • ^Discussions on somatic movements, neurophysiology, philosophy and the resources of Thomas Hanna
  • ^Access to student virtual learning platform (for the duration of the training)
  • ^Mentoring Sessions
  • ^Written and practical assessments

Students must complete all coursework, and pass written and practical assessments to earn the designation of Essential Somatics® Movement Teacher (ESMT).

Our training includes an enhanced approach to personal somatic exploration, mentorship, and coaching. These elements support our teachers in their ability to empower students to create a life of physical freedom, mastery, and joy.

The Teaching Team

Each ESMTT has a main teacher and 2-3 mentors depending on the group size. Teachers are chosen based on location. Read more about our teaching team.

Martha Peterson
Colorado, USA

Martha Peterson

Certified Clinical Somatic Educator

Martha Peterson
Letchworth, UK

Karyn Clark

Certified Clinical Somatic Educator

Martha Peterson
New Jersey, USA

Gena Rho

Certified Clinical Somatic Educator

Before you apply

Required Reading

  • Somatics: Reawakening the Mind's Control of Movement, Flexibility and Health by Thomas Hanna
  • Move Without Pain by Martha Peterson
  • The Body of Life by Thomas Hanna

Is this course for me?

  • Interested in teaching somatic movement to groups or individuals?
  • Ready to deepen your somatic journey?
  • Completed ES Fundamentals (at least two months prior to ESMTT start)?

Prerequisite Training

  • Successful completion of an Essential Somatics® Fundamentals Course or Retreat at least 2 months prior to the start of the ESMTT and within the last 3 years (January 2019 or later for the ESMTT starting in March 2023).
  • In Person
  • 9 Months
  • }200 Hours
  • Pre-reqs: Fundamentals
  • $4,400

ESMTT US – Colorado Springs, CO

March 4 – October 1, 2023

In Person Sessions held at The Carter Payne

320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Click here for the Colorado Springs Schedule

Applications due by December 31, 2022

More Questions? Check out the FAQs.

ESMTT US – Chester, UK

March 4 – October 1, 2023

In Person Sessions held at Industry Coworking, Chester
1 Overleigh Road, Handbridge, Chester, CH4 7HL

Click here for the Chester, UK Schedule

Applications due by December 31, 2022

More Questions? Check out the FAQs.